Johnathan Cook Associate IALD

Senior Lighting Designer

Johnathan joined The Lighting Practice in 2013 after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Lighting Design. He gained hands-on experience in the industry through several internships in theatrical lighting and electrical engineering. Johnathan’s passion for architecture transformed into a passion for architectural lighting design while attending school at Penn State. He was inspired to pursue a career in lighting design through his realization that architecture can be altered/manipulated in countless ways using light. In 2016 and again in 2019, Johnathan taught lighting design as an adjunct professor for the Drexel University Department of Architecture + Interiors. His project experience includes corporate interiors, healthcare, hospitality, civic and public spaces, higher education, and retail environments.

Why did you become a lighting designer?
I became a lighting designer because of my favorite aspect about light. Light’s ability to transform a space, generating completely different psychological impressions.

What is the best thing about your job?
When I am designing, I don’t feel like I am working.

What advice would you pass on to future lighting designers?
Keep it simple.

What’s your “walkin’ down the street” theme song?
ABC by The Jackson 5


Bachelor of Architectural Engineering – The Pennsylvania State University

Credentials & Affiliations

  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) - Associate Member
  • Drexel University, Department of Architecture - Adjunct Professor (2016; 2019)